Three-Game Road Trip Begins Wednesday for Women's Basketball

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PHILADELPHIA - Coming off a 19-day break since their last game—a 21-point win over Maine—the Quakers begin a three-game road swing. It starts Wednesday when Penn takes on Saint Francis (N.Y.) at 5 p.m. in the Bronx and then travels to take on Lafayette at 1 p.m., in Easton, Pa., Sunday afternoon.

Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at on Wednesday and at on Sunday. A complete recap and box score can be found at shortly after the conclusion of each game.

In the Series vs. St. Francis (N.Y.) and Lafayette
Wednesday marks the fifth meeting all-time between Penn and St. Francis (N.Y.) and the third straight season in which they have met. The Quakers have won all four of the previous matchups, including a 52-48 victory at The Palestra last season for their first win under head coach Mike McLaughlin. The Quakers are also 2-0 all-time in Brooklyn Heights, winning on the Terriers’ home floor on the exact same date 11 years ago (82-56) and on New Years Eve in 2008 (62-49). Against Lafayette, the Quakers are 17-18 all-time. The Leopards have won three straight, including an overtime win in the last meeting in Easton, Pa., in 2008. Penn’s last win in this series was at Lafayette in 2006, 78-74.

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Last Game: 4
November Total: 16
December Total: 5
Season Total: 21

Defensive Standards
The coaching staff under Mike McLaughlin has stressed defense and the team has responded. The Quakers rank second in the Ivy League in points allowed at just 56.6 points per game. They are also third in field goal percentage defense as opponents are shooting under 40 percent against the Red and Blue. In addition, the opposition is making just 28.8 percent of its three-point attempts which ranks second in the Ivy League.

Three-Point Shooting
Penn finished last in the Ivies in three-point percentage last season, but the freshman duo of Meghan McCullough and Alyssa Baron have been a big boost this year. Both rank in the top five in the league in three-point percentage. McCullough is hitting at a 40-percent clip and Baron is not far behind at 39.3 percent.

Home Sweet Home
With the three-game road trip following a 19-day layoff, the Quakers have a long break between home games. Penn last played at The Palestra on Dec. 10 in a 21-point win over Maine. The next time the Quakers take to their home floor will be Jan. 12 against Big 5 rival Villanova—a span of 33 days between home games.

Halftime Haven
Getting to halftime with the lead has been vital for the Quakers. They have led at the half in all of their wins since 2009-10. However, in the last two seasons when trailing at the half, the Red and Blue are 0-27. In all, they have lost the last 28 games in which they have had a halftime deficit. The last time they overcame an opponent after trailing at the half was at Brown on Feb. 28, 2009. The Quakers trailed 20-19 at halftime, but came back to beat the Bears in overtime, 55-48.

Penn Trends
Penn has had the same starting lineup in seven of its eight games (the Quakers had eight different starting lineups last season) ... The Quakers have been outrebounded just twice ... Either Jess Knapp or Erin Power has led Penn in rebounding in every game this season ... Freshman Alyssa Baron has led the team in scoring in three straight games and in six of the eight games overall ... Penn has lost the last 21 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points, but are 4-2 under Coach McLaughlin when scoring that many.

A Penn Win Would...
... be the first time since 2006-07 with four wins before January.
... mark the team’s first back-to-back wins since a three-game streak at the end of 2008-09.
... double last season’s win total and last season’s road win total.

A Penn Loss Would...

... make the Quakers 3-6 overall on the year.
... mark the first all-time to St. Francis (N.Y.).
... be less good than a win.

Last Time Out
Inspiring efforts by senior Erin Power and the Penn defense that led to Penn to a 69-48 win over Maine at The Palestra on Dec. 10. Power had a career-high 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds for her second career double-double to lead the Quakers to their largest win since 2006 when they beat Rider by 28 (66-38) on Jan. 10. A tough Penn defense kept Maine without a basket for the first 7:12 of the game. In the meantime, the Quakers built a 12-1 lead. Even after Maine hit its first field goal from the floor, Penn scored the next five and built a 17-3 lead as Maine had 11 turnovers and just three points in the first 10 minutes of the game. Four minutes later, leading 19-7, Baron hit a three and freshman Meghan McCullough knocked down a jumper for a 24-7 lead. After sharing baskets, Penn scored the last five points of the half - a Knapp layup and Bradford’s second three - and held its largest lead of the season at halftime, 36-15. At the break, the Red and Blue had forced 15 turnovers and held Maine to just 15 points. The Quakers had also outrebounded Maine, 25-11. In the second half, the Quakers did not let up on either end. Maine went nearly six minutes before making a field goal and Penn extended its lead to 45-17. Maine scored the next nine, but the Red and Blue got back full control with six of the next seven points and the Black Bears were never within 20 for the final 11 minutes of the contest.

Up Next
Penn starts the Ivy campaign with a trip to Princeton on Jan. 8. Four more non-conference games take place after the matchup with the Tigers before the Red and Blue get into the thick of the league schedule.

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